“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12:12 (NIV)
When things go bad, plans fail, sickness comes, and the economy tanks, there are options. You could despair, get angry, quit or curse God. You could deny what happened or blame others. You could get depressed, despondent or anxious. Or you could listen to what Paul suggests. He gives us three choices. He writes that you can choose to be joyful, patient and faithful. You can choose to be joyful because you have hope. Hope is the equalizer. It is the force behind miracles. Before faith, there is hope. You can choose hope and all the joy it brings. You could also choose to be patient. In the midst of your predicament you can reserve judgment, defer decisions, wait action. You can choose to be patience and trust in God. And then you can pray. Not just a prayer but a mindset. A trust, an obedience, a dialog with God. You trust, you cry out – you choose to be faithful in prayer. So today, when the opportunity presents itself, choose to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.
Father, help me to trust You more. Help me to be joyful in the hope that You give me. Help me to be patient with the problems I find myself in. Help me pray faithfully, trusting in Your power and love.
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